8 cities with the highest hospital readmission rates

Medicare's 2014 comprehensive measure of hospital readmissions show that 364 hospitals across the country, in states such as Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island have higher hospital readmission rates than the national average. An analysis of the data by Kaiser Health News revealed the eight cities with the most hospitals exceeding national average readmission rates including: Chicago, with 19 hospitals; Brooklyn, with 11 hospitals; Philadelphia, with 10 hospitals; Baltimore, with seven hospitals; Manhattan, with seven hospitals; Boston, with five hospitals, Los Angeles, with four hospitals; and Miami, with four hospitals. Some researchers said to keep in mind that cities with large proportions of low-income patients often have higher readmission rates because those patients don't have the money for follow-up care and lack access to primary care. Analysis

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